Fly with A380

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I am awed. No, make it dumbstruck. Just looking at this gigantic flying machine – the Lufthansa Airbus A380 #LufthansaA380, makes me gape at the screen ! Imagine boarding and flying in it…sigh…what an experience that’ll be !

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. Now, New Delhi is one among such airports. It’s a moment of pride and happiness to see this Jumbo aircraft make way into the Indian sub-continent, with all due credit to Lufthansa !

“With the new A380, customers will be able to experience Lufthansa’s latest in-flight products and services including the state-of-the art first class and the launch of A380 underlines our commitment to provide Indian customers with the best Lufthansa experience worldwide,” said Wolfgang Will, Lufthansa’s Director (South Asia). – quotes Business Standard.

The A380 is the largest and heaviest passenger aircraft in the world. It is 73 meters long, 24 meters high, and has a takeoff weight of up to 560 tons. The Lufthansa A380 seats 526 passengers, and its four Rolls-Royce engines each generate 70000 lbs of thrust. That‘s the rough equivalent of what 3500 cars could produce. Ecologically speaking, too, the A380 raises the bar. The megaliner is quieter than other planes, uses less fuel and can even “think” for itself and automatically apply the brakes after landing on the runway.

Now, doesn’t that dazzle you ?? It can think for itself and its humongous size and engine power makes other airliners look smaller.

The Indian Aviation Sector is in the process of tremendous growth with an increasing number of passengers and cargo in the next 20 years and this growth is going to be accelerated by many other factors.  The Indian Airports are being re-designed and renovated to accommodate more flights and passengers, enabling the process of growth. Also, private players in the Airport Infrastructure field are making the Airports in India more sophisticated and a world-class one, enabling many foreign airliners to think of making a stop in India with a flight or two.

With such a big growth foretold for the Indian Aviation Industry, here comes the A380 to make way for such progress in the right direction.  With almost 526 passenger capacity / flight, the A380 is all about being big.   What with the Tourists and Students flocking to foreign lands on the rise, bigger airliners are the need of the hour.

Lufthansa’s in-flight Catering service – Sky Chefs is another feather in the cap for this Airlines. With the amazing array of dishes making the eating experience more Indian than it can be, this is one of the biggest reasons which will make Lufthansa A380 a huge success in the Indian Aviation Sector.lufthansa

Watch this new Lufthansa ad created for the Indian market !
While Lufthansa is well-known for safety, reliability, class and perfection, this Ad brings in the emotional connect of the brand with the Indians.  The Indian crew on board, Indian movies, Indian food – all these make a greater impact on the Indians who wish to travel by the A380.

There are 101 small things that makes an airline stand apart. For some people, it could be as simple as the choice of movies.  For others, it could be the food. And for many others, it could be the leg space in the Economy class.  And for a travel blogger, it could be a fabulous thing to find the blankets and headsets already on the seats. And when it comes to Lufthansa, rest assured that all small things are given priority and taken care of .

So, what are you waiting for ??

Fly with Lufthansa A380 #LufthansaA380 and experience the amazing feeling of being at home in air :)

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Finally, enjoy all the action during the inaugural flight of the Lufthansa Airbus A380 from New Delhi, in this video.  #LufthansaA380

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Microblog Mondays – The musky obsession

I used to hate perfumes. They always give me a headache. I never buy them and also stay away from people who splash a lot of perfumes and get into a small lift.  And even in closed cars, the perfume smell is so strong that I immediately try to open the windows.

Those floral, fruity perfume flavors are not my type. I prefer the simple Deo, especially the sport ones, as they are not so overpowering.

And recently, I discovered my love for the musk.  I am falling for it, totally.  This is the best thing that is happening to me now, as I can go musk shopping now :D

In one of the online dictionaries, I found this description for musk.

A musky smell might make you close your eyes and smile, or it might make you leave a room. Either way, it’s a very strong and sweet odor that’s hard to ignore.

Musk is a scent that deer secrete to convince a mate to cuddle with them, and so a musky odor often does the same for humans.

Who said floral and fruity flavors are only for women huh ??  Even though the perfume market is overloaded with such typecast flavors for women, I feel there are a few out there, like the new me, who prefer the bolder, muskier and earthier kinds.

So, anyone want to Hi-5 me on this one ??

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Wordless Raindrops

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Microblog Mondays – Am reading on the phone now :)

Quite recently, I upgraded myself to a smartphone. And that too after repeated requests from elder one to get on to Whatsapp.  It seems that I was missing out on so much fun if I was not on Whatsapp.

I was always of the thought-process that a phone is only for making / receiving calls and what is the point of adding other features to it ?

But, of late, I am liking the fact that I can read my mails over my phone, apart from the various other things. I also Whatsapp with my girls, friends, click pics and send them too, which I was not comfortable doing before.

Now, I have the privilege of reading mails while travelling or wherever I am, even when I don’t have access to my computer. Its a boon for a working person like me. I can read all the blog posts, to which I’ve subscribed by email.  It gives me ample time to read everyone of my friends’ posts. Even though, I am not able to comment on every post, but I do make sure to read them all.

So, rest assured, my blog world ppl, I do read your posts, now a days.

What is your favorite thing to do with your phone ?? (Other than making calls…that is :P )

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Another Wednesday, another picture

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Microblog Mondays – Reel or Real ?

I hope all of you had a chance to catch up on DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) at least once in your life ! Sheesh, what a statement is that !! If my information is right, one movie theatre in India was running this movie for 10 years – mind-boggling.

And I would’ve easily watched it ‘n’ no of times, in TV…lost count, you see :D

Once when I was watching it on TV, my daughter joined me in. She was very young, probably in her Class 4 or 5.  A xerox copy of the romantic in me, she laughed and cried along with me, throughout the movie.  And later, she told me that she hates Simran’s father played by Amrish Puri, for being very rude to Raj and for not allowing them to get married.  And I assumed that she didn’t like that character and left it.

Another day, when we were watching a different movie, she saw Amrish Puri and said again that she hated him.  It was only then that I realized that my child has understood Simran’s father’s character as the man himself.  It took a lot of time and explanations to make her understand that movies are expressions by different people and bad characters need not mean that they are basically bad people. And even vice versa.

It’s ok to explain to a child who is around 9 years old.  But imagine all those people, who are grown up adults and still want to believe the fact that their reel-heroes or villains are for real and talk about them and treat them too in the same way.

Come on, people, grow up….movies are different and the artists’ real lives are different. They are not the same and they can never be the same.  They can portray villainous characters on screen, yet be gentle and sensitive to parents and children at home.  They can play the character of a super-do good always-hero, but in real life they may not even bother to look at those people who are dying of hunger.

A hundred movies can be made on one topic and all of them will be different from each other, as it is the director’s perception that makes it different. Its his freedom to portray characters and actually play with the characters – just like an author who plays with the characters in a book.

But there is one point to consider.  These movies influence a lot of people.  It reaches to the nook and corner of our society and influences all those watching the movie.  With such a responsibility at hand, the movie makers need to be more careful in the portrayal of characters.

So, what do you think ?? Reel or Real ??

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Six again ?

It was during one afternoon, that I bought my train ticket to take a local and go shopping. While waiting for the train to come, I noticed a mother and her son, seated next to me.

That little boy, with eyes so big and expressive, smiled at me.  I smiled back.  All these little boys and girls have a mind of their own. Sometimes they are friendly and then sometimes upset at “some toy not bought episode”.  So, generally, I never get into a conversation with little ones in public places.  If I make a conversation and they start showing their tantrum side of not wanting to answer me, it becomes a dilemma for the parent and they keep insisting that the child answer me. It puts me in a fix as the smiling child suddenly glares angrily at me.

But this little boy was different. He didn’t stop with smiling. He started pointing at me and made some signs with his hands and his mother constantly hushing him up.

I wanted to ask what was he making signs about, but the train came and we all started boarding the train.

Luck had it that day, that the mother and son duo sat opposite to me, as the little boy was fascinated with the window seat, like me :D

It started again – the sign language, the smile, the pointing fingers at me. I was curious and started talking with his mother.

The boy is all of 6 years old. And he is deaf and dumb too. The parents have lived with his disability, without knowing what to do, in their quaint little village.  They have recently moved to Chennai, after coming to know that there is a school for such children and that they too can learn to read and write and communicate with others. So, the mother is taking him to the special school.  Since he has learnt so many things in sign language, which the mother is yet to comprehend, she is taking time to understand those signs.

Those expressive eyes, the moving hands and fingers will never leave my heart….but the mother and son duo got down 3 stations later, to go to the school.

I wish I could be six again so I could stand next to him, watching the scenes go quickly by, play with him a game or two, smile and talk with those big expressive eyes using my eyes and signs too.  After all, why do we need language to communicate between two small children ??

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This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

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Microblog Mondays : A parental introspection

This husband of mine is a Marketing guy. He is crazy about meeting people, going to new places and always being on the move. When I got married to him, the thought of seeing new places excited me so much, as I’ve never ventured out of Chennai, for the major part of my years spent with parents. Of course, there were few holidays but I remembered none so well.

So, with dreams of going places and meeting new people, we started our life together. Even though we started our life in Chennai, we started moving every 3 years, once in 2 years and we have even stayed for a year in Chennai during transit to Hyderabad.  My husband changed jobs and we had to move to a new place. It excited me. The packing, shifting, making new friends, learning new cities, their culture, the temples and of course staying away from all the relatives, gave me a sort of high that I can do what I want :D

In all these excitements, I missed out on one small thing.

My daughters were very young and I kept changing their school for every shift, as was required. We, as parents, thought that this was a great opportunity for my daughters to learn about adapting to different situations and making new friends every time they joined a new school.  And the girls were very happy too, to go to a new school.

During a recent conversation, I came to understand that there is so much joy in studying with friends who are together since KG and still sticking onto each other.  Yes, I’ve had that opportunity to study with my friends since KG and till I finished school.  I’ve denied my daughters that joy.  Sometimes I feel bad.

In our quest for life and career, we had made so many choices, as parents.  And all the time, we were thinking that our choices are going to benefit our daughters. But recently, it dawned on me to look at things from their point of view. Even though they have done well in making new friends and sometimes sticking on to old ones, it’s not the same joy as studying with your bestie for years together.

Sometimes even the best of decisions, appear different when viewed from the other side of the river, right ??

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